Are bathroom visits more likely to send you to the ER?

June 10, 2011

IN THE NEWS: UC Irvine’s Dr. Jeffrey Suchard added perspective to an ABC News report about new finding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that approximately 234,000 people ages 15 and older were treated in an American emergency department for non-fatal bathroom-related injuries in 2008. That averages to about 640 people per day.

Suchard noted that the study does not compare bathroom-related injuries with those occurring in other locations or rooms, so one cannot conclude that the bathroom is particularly dangerous.

“[The study's] estimate of the number of injuries represents only about 1 percent of all non-fatal injuries that occur,” said Suchard. “To me, that is actually a surprisingly low percentage of all non-fatal injuries, considering how much time people spend in bathrooms compared to other locations…”

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